Dean Ambrose vs. Mark Henry
It was a decent enough match and I'm glad Ambrose defended his United States Championship for once, but I was bored by the bout for a majority of it. I don't want to say WWE has "buried" Henry in recent months, but they haven't done anything notable with him to the point where he's no longer a threat to whoever he faces. I realize he's in the twilight of his career, but I'd rather see WWE make the most of him and his talent before he inevitably retires.
The Ascension vs. Travis Tyler and Cal Bishop
Newer viewers of NXT may not have been annoyed by this, but longtime viewers definitely were. We've seen The Ascension face a pair of local athletes countless times in the last two years and all of them are exactly the same. I, personally, am a fan of The Ascension act and also found it hilarious the way the live crowd reacted to them during this match, but NXT is in need of an actual tag team division and fast.
Bo Dallas vs. Colin Cassady
Dallas can have great matches when facing the right opponent, but Cassady just wasn't that guy. The match wasn't terrible by any means, but it felt like it dragged on for far too long. Cassady still isn't competent enough in the ring to hold his own and constantly having him lose matches isn't helping his credibility at all. If nothing else, it was a good, clean win for Dallas as he prepares to face Adrian Neville in a rematch for the NXT Championship.
Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. Los Matadores
While I enjoyed WWE Main Event as a whole this past week, this match did absolutely nothing for me. Los Matadores are a joke of an act and it's hard to take them seriously in the ring, even though their in-ring skills are quite good. I just find it funny that Ryback went from headlining pay-per-views for the WWE Championship last spring to jobbing out to Los Matadores less than a year later. Poor guy.
Big Show vs. Kane
In no way, shape or form should Big Show vs. Kane be headlining an episode of SmackDown in the year 2014. The match was atrocious, but it was thankfully kept to only five minutes. The only intriguing part about this match was The Shield walking out on Kane, which sets them up as anti-heroes going into a possible match against The Authority of some kind at WrestleMania.
Big E vs. Fandango
I realize both Big E and Fandango are floundering at the moment, but putting them against each other for the millionth time is not the answer. The match itself was a complete squash and a waste of time. Like Ryback, it's funny to think Fandango was actually relevant a year ago and facing Chris Jericho of all people. As for Big E, I'd rather see him defending his Intercontinental Championship on the grand stage as opposed to being involved in a battle royal where he'll be easily overshadowed.
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Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.